This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, November 21, 2020
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
May good things make those who fear the Lord happy.
And may your kindness be upon Israel, your kingdom.
—Blessed is the glory of the Lord,
because he is our king. (PsSol 5:18&19)
You maintain people and animals, O Lord—
how widely you spread your mercy, O God,
so that the human race feels secure
in the shelter of your wings.
They will be satisfied with the abundance of your house,
and you will have them drink from the stream of your delights,
because the fountain of life is with you,
and in your light we see light.
Extend your mercy to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart.
May the foot of the arrogant never approach me,
nor the hand of the sinner topple me.
Mark where all those who do evil finish—
thrown out and not able to rise again.
A letter from Basil to Makarios and John, #18, cont.
Only for those who labor for holiness and truth are their hopes fulfilled without deception. Mere results cannot repay their labors, for the kingdom of heaven that awaits them is assured and guaranteed. So long as we are in league with the word of truth, never be distressed in any way at the slander of a lie. Let no threats by the government scare you. Do not be hurt at the derision and mockery of your close companions, nor at the censure of those who pretend to care for you and who put forward—as their most attractive bait to deceive—a pretense of giving good advice. Do battle against them all with straight thinking, invoking the assistance and comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ, the teacher of true religion. To suffer for him is sweet, and to die is gain. (Cf. Philippians 1:21)
O King of glory, help us! And make us an Order firm as a fortress in faith, and as amiable as a shade tree on a hot day. Help us, and our Order, to be a credit to your name. And as you, Lord Jesus, were once handed over to be slapped and beaten, help us to bear opposition with grace and proper tolerance since we believe you will provide deliverance in your good time. Help us to imitate you, who carried the cross for us. Amen.